Lemon oil has long been used to polish furniture. It helps to keep wood well nourished
and protects it from getting dried out, especially as it ages. It penetrates wood and acts
as a protective finish, not to mention that it has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral
properties, which makes it an amazing natural disinfectant. Lemon oil can also be used on
silver, stainless steel, and brass to maintain the original shine. The clean and fresh scent left
behind is an added bonus, particularly on family furniture.
Unfortunately, the petroleum distillates and solvents in commercial furniture polish are
highly neurotoxic and not only leave behind a unpleasant and chemically-laden scent, but
are also extremely poisonous to children and pets. An all-natural version is incredibly easy
to make and provides the same polishing power as its commercial counterpart.
Mix 10-20 drops of lemon oil with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of
Dip a soft recycled cloth, such as one of flannel, in the mixture, and gently wipe furniture in
a small circular motion.
Repeat this process approximately every 3-4 months.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.